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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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Plone

Its best job is to manage generic contents even mixed together. For example web pages, files, images, events, projects, user discussions can be easily managed in the same portal. It is less appropriate when you need a traditional database application such as an accounting software or an ERP. Being based on an object oriented database is most suitable for non structured contents.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Plone
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Plone
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Plone
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Plone
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Plone
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Plone
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Plone
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Plone
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Plone
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Plone

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Plone
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Plone
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Plone
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Plone
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Plone

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Plone
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Plone
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Plone

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Plone
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Plone
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Plone

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Plone
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Plone

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Plone
9.7
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Plone
9.7
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Plone
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Plone
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Plone
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.7

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Plone
7.7

Pros

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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  • Websites - with Plone you can give the complete management of the website to editors who don't have to be expert in web development. Thus, they can even create complex web application without coding.
  • Intranets - Plone has a strong content distribution system where anyone can only see and search what is reserved to him. It can be used to create workgroups and can handle many different types of content.
  • Collaboration portals - Plone can be easily integrated with any user base and provides natively tools that let people to collaborate together both within organization and outside.
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Cons

  • The learning curve can be steep.
  • There is no access to the server side programming so some functionality needs a work around or cannot be accomplished.
  • It is more expensive for users than many of the other website options.
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  • Plone's main drawback is that it has higher system requirements that make it more expensive to host. Recently, newer low-cost cloud-based offerings have emerged that might eliminate this weakness.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
For the types of clients that need all the features Business Catalyst offers, I would not hesitate to renew our use of it. Those types of clients, however, are few and far between. The tech support Adobe offers for Business Catalyst could range from Quite Good to Adequate; it depended on the support personnel
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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
Plone's future is very bright.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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No answers yet
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Plone9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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No score
No answers yet
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

We didn't really used many products before deciding to use Business Catalyst. When we started we developed sites using an old product (GoLive) and then created a few sites in WordPress. We didn't like that fact that WordPress needed an add-on every time we wanted additional functionality and trying keep on top of updates was distracting.Adobe's Business Catalyst gave us an all in one system to replace the multiple products clients required to run their online businesses. We also didn't have to remember which sites had what add-ons updated...or not. Business Catalyst is SaaS which allows us to always have the latest updates and functionality ready at our fingertips.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

  • Business Catalyst provides partners and clients a single system to learn and maintain. No need to constantly switch gears to remember who has what CMS which makes support more efficient.
  • Business Catalyst has made it possible to create and launch sites in less time thus increasing profitability.
  • Business Catalyst is a large investment in the beginning about monetarily and in learning the system. It may not affordable to smaller agencies.
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  • Plone definitely is a strong long-term investment. The Plone ecosystem is under continuous development and improvement by a large and active worldwide community. However, even from its earliest days in the long history of Plone it has been a robust and indestructible system. Many websites are still running venerable Plone versions in the 2.x series, and are just as secure and operate virtually maintenance-free as the most recent versions.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Plone

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details